In the past, we held records relating to telegraph, telephone, wireless and early broadcasting services in the United Kingdom. This is because, from approximately the 1870s until the 1980s, the Post Office was responsible for the development of the telecommunications industry in the UK.
We no longer hold all of these records because, in the 1990s, those relating specifically to telecommunications were transferred to BT Group Archives. Records that do not relate specifically to telecommunications, or that are exclusively about the delivery of telegrams, have remained with us.
Each catalogue entry in our online catalogue contains a repository field. The field will tell you whether the record has remained here or has been transferred to BT Group Archives.
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of records relating to Telecommunications in our collection:
The last of three telegrams about the Titanic sent to the Secretary at the Post Office in London.